Kansas beefs up roster with Ukrainian guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Lawrence, KS, United States (4E Sports) – Talented 6-foot-8 Ukrainian guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk has chosen to commit to Kansas over Virginia.

Kansas announced that Mykhailiuk had signed a National Letter of Intent

The 16-year-old Mykhailiuk said that an important consideration for choosing Kansas was the number of players it sends to the NBA.

“Coach Self has had so many players go to the NBA. That’s an important thing,” he noted.

Kansas coach Bill Self gave glowing reviews for his new recruit, noting that Mykhailiuk’s skill level, knowledge and aptitude for the game are way beyond his years.

“At 6-8, he can play point, play the No. 2 [guard] or the No. 3 [guard]. He allows us to be more versatile next year and certainly, there would be few people that would shoot it better than him,” said Self.

Mykhailiuk, widely considered one of the top young players in Europe, averaged 5.8 points in 19.6 minutes and shot 44 percent from three-point range for Ukrainian pro club Cherkasy this season.

He shone for the Ukrainian U-16 squad at the 2013 European Championships, averaging 25.2 points and eight rebounds per game.

Mykhailiuk impressed numerous NBA scouts with his shooting ability in practice sessions leading to the Nike Hoop Summit last month in Oregon.

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